Interdisciplinary collaboration on the ARC Discover Project Heritage the Limelight: The Magic lantern in Australia and the World
The magic lantern was an important form of early media which was used in Australia for other a hundred years. Although now historiographically displaced by the siloed discourse of ‘art history’, ‘musicology’, 'cinema history’ or ‘theatre history', in fact the projection of hand-coloured glass slides accompanied by words and music was a fundamental part of Australian culture. A new ANU project aims to recover that heritage, not just by rediscovering the images, but by re-perfoming them. This needs the collaboration of musicians, composers and performers. We have already made a few tentative steps, and plan to make more. I’ll bring along a magic lantern and some slides to help explain.
Dr Martyn Jolly is an artist and a writer. He is Head of Photography and Media Arts at the Australian National University School of Art. He completed his PhD on fake photographs and photographic affect at the University of Sydney in 2003. In 2006 his book Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography was published by the British Library, as well as in the US and Australia. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Canberra Museum and Gallery. In 2006 he was one of three artists commissioned to design and build the Act Bushfire Memorial. In 2011 he undertook a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia and a Collection Scholar Artist in residence Fellowship at the Australian National Film and Sound Archive. In 2014 he received an Australian Research Council Discovery grant along with Dr Daniel Palmer to research the impact of new technology on the curating of Australian art photography. In 2015 he received an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant to lead the international project Heritage in the Limelight: The Magic Lantern in Australia and the World. He is also researching Australiana photobooks.